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Inter Milan interested in signing five players on Jose Mourinho’s axe list – report

by Leo Nieboer

Inter Milan are keen on bringing Chris Smalling, Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian to the San Siro for next season, according to reports.

It was revealed earlier this month that Mourinho was keen on axing Memphis and Darmian from his squad – alongside six other players – over the next two transfer windows.

The 53-year-old, who enjoyed two successful years at Inter, maintains a close relationship with new manager Stefano Pioli, vice president and former player Javier Zanetti and sporting director Piero Aid.

And according to the Mail Online’s Jonathan Spencer, the Italian side have expressed an interest in the Manchester United quartet.

The futures of both Darmian and Memphis, just six Premier League appearances between them this season, are decidedly murky, and the Serie A – a kind of purgatory for high-profile players that never really made it in the Premier League – seems like a very likely destination for the pair.

Blind, on the hand, has been a fundamental aspect of Mourinho’s back-line this season, and nobody – the Portuguese included – would want to see him go anywhere.

Smalling’s case is more complicated. An exceptional 2015/16 campaign under Louis van Gaal has preceded a precarious spell under Mourinho. The presence of Eric Bailly has precluded Smalling from fully stamping his authority on the first-team, and the 53-year-old’s public criticism of the Englishman’s attitude following Man United’s 3-1 win over Swansea City has precipitated doubt surrounding his predicament at Old Trafford.

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